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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / An eyelet pinafore in an hour! on: November 28, 2008 03:05:30 PM

I made this for my Alice in Wonderland costume, but I like it so much I'm going to use it all the time!

Since the hems were already finished this went together in a snap. Plus...I'm in love with eyelet. Dangerously in love. My wedding decorations are going to have eyelet out the wazoo. I even talked my fiance into registering for an eyelet shower curtain.


Anyways, I like this.

Also, the blouse and skirt underneath the pinafore are for my Ariel costume...you know, the dress she wears during "Kiss the Girl"? If I can ever talk my sewing machine into letting me understitch the bodice, I'll post that costume eventually.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Validation Fairy! on: November 24, 2008 10:49:32 AM

My friend Erin and I have a running joke about validation. One will be like "I hate my life" and the other will say "validation! validation! validation!" So I was the Validation Fairy for Halloween. I waved my wand and said things like "You're pretty!" and "you're a good person!"

Originally I was going to make a ginormous fluffy skirt from tulle and baroque satin, but Zac Efron (my sewing machine) rebelled. So I came up with this. It was a fun, comfy costume.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro purple and black plaid tweed skirt on: November 24, 2008 06:38:21 AM
I wanted something spiffy, new, and 60s looking for my Barefoot in the Park callback. So I grabbed this from my stash, cut stuff out, and sewed this up in about two hours! The best part is that the plaid actually matches!

In case you were wondering...I didn't get the part, but I'm probably going to be the costumer!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro wrap dress with corset lacing on: January 22, 2008 09:30:24 AM
After seeing Butterick 4790 popping up around here, I really wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately, I cut it wrong. The bodice was too big, and the waist was way, way, way too small. I didn't want to just give up on it, though, so after a bit of deliberation I sewed a piece of the dark red bias tape together, cut it into six pieces, made loops, and threaded a pink satin ribbon through it.

Tada! I rather like how it turned out.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Captain Jack Sparrow plushie on: January 02, 2008 12:53:18 PM

This is the Captain Jack Sparrow plushie I made for my friend Joey for her birthday. He's made from a tea dyed bedsheet and remnants I had lying around. The facial hair was interesting to embroider, but I think he turned out pretty good. And the beads, I like the beads.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bonney lady pirate skirt on: January 02, 2008 12:18:24 PM
I made this skirt for the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End premiere. My friends and I got all decked out in piratey goodness, went out to dinner, and saw the midnight showing. Mm, good stuff!

The skirt began life as a black curtain sheer my RA didn't want anymore. I cut it into twenty-four panels and sewed them into six skirts with four panels each. That was a PAIN. Definitely took the longest. The rest of it was pretty easy. Sewing the lace panels was a bit tricky, too, but still manageable.

The rest of the costume came from stuff I already had: white dress from Target, leggings and cameo from Claire's, flower crown from Dollywood, boots from the mall, and bodice from RenFest. I actually designed the outfit around the bodice, and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Scrumptious white chocolate fudge cake! on: December 19, 2007 07:41:01 AM

My fiance is crazy about white chocolate, so when I made him dinner last night for our Christmas (we're both going to be out of town with our families: him in Knoxville and me in Disney World) I wanted to make something special with white chocolate. Lo and behold, I found this cake. It's amazing!

1 package (18.25 oz) white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
3 egg whites
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1-oz squares white baking chocolate, melted
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 16-oz can vanilla frosting (I used the reduced sugar kind)
3 1-oz white baking chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 8-oz carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, water, egg whites, oil, and vanilla. Beat on low for 2 minutes. Stir in white chocolate. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes.

In a microwave or small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and butter and stir until smooth. Carefully spread over warm cake. Cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, beat frosting. Stir in white chocolate and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping and white chips. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator.

(I'm actually eating this cake right now...it's ohmazing!)
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tomato and mozzarella salad on: December 19, 2007 07:23:10 AM
I love tomato and mozzarella salad (Panera's has a really good seasonal one) and I came up with a really quick way to make it at home.

One 1/2-oz package dry pesto pasta sauce mix
Two tomatoes or two small containers cherry tomatoes
Two containers fresh mozzarella or two 8-oz bricks mozzarella
Olive oil

Cut the tomatoes and mozzarella, if needed. Empty the packet of pesto mix over the tomatoes and mozzarella. Mix in enough olive oil to cover. I recommend letting the salad marinate for a while and then serving it at room temperature, but it's still good fresh!
9  COOKING / Dessert / Yummy Disney World quick bread!! breakfast AND dessert!! on: December 19, 2007 06:33:42 AM

These are Chocolate Chip Crumbcakes from Disney's BoardWalk Bakery. I made a whole bunch for Thanksgiving and people seemed pretty fond of them!

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
4 large eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour three 3"x5" mini loaf pans.
2) In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup plus two tablespoons of the cake flour with the cornstarch and baking powder.
3) In a medium bowl using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar, 1 cup plus two tablespoons butter, and lemon extract for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, and adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of the flour with the last egg (the mixture may seem curdled but it isn't). Beat for 3-4 minutes, or until creamy again.
4) With a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining flour mixture until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips.
5) In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla with a fork. Add the remaining 1/2 cup flour and mix until crumbly.
6) Fill the prepared loaf pans with the crumbcake batter and sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top.
7) Bake the crumbcakes for 35-40 minutes or until the middle of the cake springs back when touched lightly or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

These are really good for dessert when it's warm with chocolate syrup and whipped cream, or for breakfast if you just eat it cold with a big glass of milk (I recommend a lot of milk with this cake). Enjoy!!
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